Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), as the name implies, is the type of infection which affects the urinary tract. UTI occurs more common in women than men, and those who have contracted UTI may experience recurrences at some point in their lives. There are primarily two symptoms of UTI: painful urination and more-frequent-than-usual urination, both of which can happen at the same time or one at a time. A prescribed antibiotic can be used as treatment, but it is not the only way; other methods can also be carried out at home to effectively treat patients diagnosed with UTI.
Here are the top 13 home remedies for urinary tract infections that you can apply immediately to get rid of this problem within a short period of time.
1. Mineral Water or Cranberry Juice
It is recommended by doctors that patients with UTI drink plenty of water to help clear out the bacteria in the infected area. About 1.5-2 liters of water per day is advised, especially during the hot and humid summer days as the body would require more fluid intake than usual. Another effective option is to take cranberry juice (be sure not to add in sugar).
2. Vitamin C
One of the best way to counter bacteria is to take in acidic food and drink, which leads to acidic urine. Bacteria are extremely vulnerable to acid in general, and should a person has gastric problems and has to avoid acidic food and drink, taking supplements of vitamin C is also a viable option. Readmore: Home Remedies for Cough.
3. Avoid Anything That Irritates Your Liver
Alcoholic drinks, caffeine, cigarettes, Coke or carbonated drinks, spicy food and sugar all cause harm to your liver and make it malfunction, which significantly affects the urinary tract in a bad way, and especially the bladder. It is recommended that patients use vegetative cooking oil and eating highly-concentrated carbohydrate food (i.e. bread, rice, etc.), and if possible, vegetarian food.
Pineapple contains a kind of enzyme knowns as bromelain. This enzyme imparts anti-inflammatory properties to this fruit and is helpful in trimming down the UTI symptoms. You can also eat a cup of fresh pineapple or drink juice of half a pineapple daily but you must avoid using the canned one.
5. Ginger Tea
Ginger is always the essential ingredient in dealing with any condition that involved any kind of inflammation. Prostaglandin synthesis, a process creates little messengers will be blocked by chemical make-up contained in ginger. Prostaglandins communicate about a variety of biological processes, such as inflammation. Pain signals is also transmitted to neutrons. Therefore, it can prevent inflammation, reduce current inflammation and reduce pain.
6. Baking Soda
During a UTI, burning urination is a problem if it’s painful. And half of a teaspoon baking soda mixed with a glass of water will be a good solution.
7. Tea Tree Oil
By mixing equal proportion of tea tree oil, sandalwood oil and juniper oil, you have a good liquid to treat the UTI. You just need to rub it over the abdominal area for 3-4 days. And then you will feel better.
Another option, six of 6 drops of tea tree oil and 2 teaspoons of plain yogurt in warm bath water. Soaking for about 8-10 minutes for 10 days. UTI will be prevented effectively.
8. Chew Some Celery Seeds
Due mainly to one of the constituents of celery oil, butylphthalide, celery seeds act as a diuretic. With a handful of celery seeds, snack on it right after a meal and it can help with digestion, and let’s snack it once or twice a day. Do this daily, UTI’s can be prevented by some anecdotal evidence suggests.
If you love cucumber and they are your favorite snack, no other choices is better than this. With a high water content, cucumbers are a great way to get extra fluid through your system when you find it hard to drink enough water. So simple, just slice it into many pieces and enjoy it.
10. Blast Bad Bacteria with Good Bacteria
Probiotics contained in Yogurt is the good bacteria. Bad bacteria that can cause UTIs then will be kept at bay that these probiotics. Eating yogurt regularly is always a good idea but taking an antibiotic for UTI treatment is particularly important because UTI can wipe our body’s natural good bacteria.
11. Herbal Medicine
UTI causes inflammatory in the urinary tract, and using herbs can also help prevent this. Be sure to seek counsel from the doctors before you decide to take the herbs though, due to the fact that some patients are very susceptible to the side effects of certain plants. A common herb that is used to fight UTI bacteria is the urea use plant. Readmore: Home Remedies For Congestion.
12. Apply Heating Pad
This is an excellent home remedy for UTI pain. The pain can be soothed by placing a hot water bottle or heating pad over your abdomen. It’s simple but effective.
13. Simple! Go Pee
It may sounds obvious but when you need to pee, don’t hold it in, just do it. Bacteria will have chances to develop and multiply if you hold it in and that will cause an infection. If you have a UTI, a little bit more of that bacteria will be get out every time you pee. Even though it can be uncomfortable, when you have chance to pee, just do it, it is a vital part of recovering.
*Disclaim: The effectiveness from applying these natural tips will be depended on the body condition of the applicant.